5 Under-The-Radar Players To Watch At Philadelphia Eagles’ OTAs

5 Under-The-Radar Players To Watch At Philadelphia Eagles' OTAs

Earl Wolff
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Although a majority of Eagles will be grandfathered into their starting positions in 2014, there will still be many underlying players who will make a bigger impact than many people may think. In a system that emphasizes depth, backups must be ready to play at anytime. There are a number of new and returning players who will have a larger portion of the spotlight shone on them this year. Here are a list of players to watch in OTAs.

5. Bennie Logan

Bennie Logan
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5. Bennie Logan

Bennie Logan
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Bennie Logan began last year as an unknown, but worked his way up to replacing Isaac Sopoaga as the starting nose tackle. He may have not registered eye-opening numbers, but his presence was still felt. Logan was a space-eating force on the interior last season, and coped with double teams on many occasions. With the addition of 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, Logan will look to perforate even larger holes in offensive lines in 2014.

4. Nolan Carroll

Nolan Carroll
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4. Nolan Carroll

Nolan Carroll
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Nolan Carroll enters his first season with the Eagles after being signed in the offseason. As a member of the Miami Dolphins, Carroll finished with 47 tackles and four interceptions last year. He may not crack the starting lineup, but will compete for the nickel corner position. At 6-foot-1, he has the size to match up with larger slot receivers running over the middle of the field.

3. Earl Wolff

Earl Wolff
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3. Earl Wolff

Earl Wolff
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Earl Wolf’s rookie season began promising, but was hindered by injuries. In 11 games, the North Carolina State product ended the season with 45 tackles and showed glimpses of greatness in only 11 games. He will enter the 2014 campaign in contention for the starting free safety position. With a strong performance at OTAs and training camp, he may surpass Nate Allen on the depth chart and get a chance to prove last season wasn't a tease.

2. Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz
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2. Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz
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Zach Ertz is coming off a stellar 2013 season, where he posted nearly equal numbers as a backup as starter Brent Celek. As a result, Chip Kelly often used both in his strategy. Ertz gave the Eagles some semblance of a red zone target last season, a position they desperately needed. He ended the year fifth on the team in catches, and fourth in touchdowns. Ertz may not start, but will work with Celek to create a dynamic duo of tight ends.

1. Darren Sproles

Darren Sproles
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1. Darren Sproles

Darren Sproles
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The trade for Darren Sproles precipitated a lot of frothing in fans' mouths when they imagined how explosive their offense can be with his versatility. Although listed as a running back, Sproles’ real value lies in his ability as a hybrid receiver. Though he will play in a subsidiary role on running downs, he will excel in screen plays, which the Eagles run effectively. Sproles will keep defenses honest by taking attention off of LeSean McCoy.



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